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March 29, 2018

Compute Canada's annual renewal of accounts has begun and all renewals must be complete by April 23, 2018. This process is essential to collect the information required by Compute Canada's funders and to deactivate accounts that are no longer in use. 

Note: You do not need to renew if you created or re-activated an account after January 1, 2018. All other accounts (those created or activated prior to January 1, 2018) must be renewed at this time.
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March 29, 2018

Join us for a one-hour webinar that looks at what tools and technologies are being used to tackle the challenges around storing, searching and analyzing relational databases in genomics and bioinformatics. This online presentation will be hosted by Mya Warren from the Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre.

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Wednesday, April 11
10:00 - 11:00 am Pacific 
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March 25, 2018

Join us for a one-hour webinar that looks at using the Plotly open-source Python library for scientific visualization. This online presentation will be hosted by Alex Razoumov, WestGrid's Training and Visualization Coordinator.

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Wednesday, March 28
10:00 - 11:00 am Pacific 
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March 15, 2018

Are you interested in becoming a Software Carpentry and/or Data Carpentry instructor, running workshops, and contributing to the Carpentry training materials? A two-day online course to train Canadian Carpentry Instructors is now accepting registrations. The course is aimed at everyone who is interested in becoming a better teacher of research computing skills. You don't currently have to be an existing instructor or a teacher to attend this workshop, but you do need to be willing and committed to becoming one and to improving your teaching...

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March 15, 2018

On March 31, 2018, WestGrid’s remaining legacy systems -- Grex, Parallel, and Orcinus -- will be defunded and no longer available as part of the Compute Canada national platform.

“Defunded” means that the system is no longer funded, operated or maintained...

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March 12, 2018

The Graham general purpose system, at the University of Waterloo has a planned outage for Monday March 19. The outage is not expected to take more than four hours. During this time, various internal services will be updated to improve reliability of the entire cluster. The /project file system will also be updated to allow it to be exported to users’ virtual machines (VMs) running in the Graham Cloud as well as the new visualization nodes.

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March 10, 2018

TORONTO, ON (Feb 27, 2018) – Compute Canada applauds the federal government for its budget announcement today that will provide a critical investment of $572.5 million over five years to implement a Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) Strategy. This strategy will ensure that Canadian researchers have access to the advanced research computing (ARC) infrastructure and services that they need to help drive Canada’s future economic and social prosperity.

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March 6, 2018

If you have questions about moving from WestGrid's legacy systems (Grex, Orcinus, Parallel) to the national systems (Cedar, Graham, Niagara), join us for an online Office Hours session today at 10:30 am Pacific Time. 

Members of WestGrid's Support Team will be available to answer inquiries and help you troubleshoot issues on anything related to migration, including:

  • how to prepare your data to be moved
  • how to transfer files
  • tips for code and job migration
  • getting started on the national systems...
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March 6, 2018

Join WestGrid for our FIRST Community Town Hall session of 2018 on Friday March 23 for the latest updates including RAC 2018 results and WestGrid legacy system migrations.

WestGrid's team will share the latest updates on:

  • Migration off WestGrid legacy systems,
  • The Cedar expansion & Niagara (large parallel) launch
  • Upcoming ARC training opportunities,
  • RAC 2018 results & numbers, and...
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March 5, 2018

TORONTO, ON (March 5, 2018) – Canada’s most powerful research supercomputer, Niagara, is now available to researchers of all disciplines across the country. Located at the University of Toronto and supported by the university’s high-performance computing division SciNet the system is open to all Canadian university researchers. Niagara is part of a system of national advanced research computing infrastructure, which includes Cedar at Simon Fraser University, Arbutus at...

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